6 players in the UFL Championship the Steelers have to consider signing

The Pittsburgh Steelers will keep a close eye on the UFL championship game this Sunday.
St. Louis Battlehawks v San Antonio Brahmas
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Are you ready for some football Steelers fans? Well, it might not be the Steelers strapping on their helmets this Sunday, but there will be some championship football happening. This Sunday will be the UFL championship game between the San Antonio Brahmas and the Birmingham Stallions. The spring league has enjoyed another successful season, which made it to the finish line.

Expect many NFL teams to be watching for potential additions after the game concludes.

The Steelers will be one of the teams keeping a close eye on this matchup. They are not afraid to add talent to their roster from a spring league or two in the past. Expect them to sniff around the idea of adding a couple of players not only from the championship game but around the UFL. There are some talented players out there who deserve another NFL shot.

They could always bring back a familiar face at Running back

It almost makes too much sense for the Steelers to have a reunion in place with Anthony McFarland Jr.

The only way this one fails to happen is if McFarland feels it is time to move on from Pittsburgh. He has been given plenty of chances to make a role on the team, but for one reason or another, he hasn't been able to take advantage. His shot in the UFL has been an up-and-down one, but he is showing up lately. Sometimes making things happen in the playoffs is where it matters most.

The Steelers need a potential upgrade at their third running back spot. McFarland Jr. has held that role and is playing some of the best football of his professional career right now. It might be best for both sides to come together and find a contract. He did have an injury that caused him to miss half the season with the Brahmas, so as long as his medical situation is clean, Pittsburgh should pick him up.

The Steelers have shown previous interest at a top UFL Quarterback

Throwing a quarterback on the list here as a potential option, as Kyle Allen has little competition for the third spot.

Maybe not having competition for Allen is by design with the amount of NFL experience he holds. John Rhys Plumlee likely won't be banging on the door to make the roster. He could hold onto a practice squad spot, but there are better options out there right now. No, we are not adding the UFL MVP here, but his backup is a potential option.

Matt Corral has had a tough go of things ever since his draft stock fell off a cliff back in 2022. He was in the mix of a weak class of quarterbacks that year and went from NFL practice squads down to a backup in the UFL. He was benched for Adrian Martinez, which led Martinez to a UFL MVP. Corral had a lot of pre-draft interest from the Steelers. He might not make the roster, but he could be a better practice squad option than Plumlee.

A former Penn State product could find his way back to Pennsylvania

If the Steelers can't have a reunion with McFarland, maybe they can turn their attention to his teammate.

Some might recognize the name John Lovett from his playing days at Penn State. He was a stable contributor in college, but it resulted in him being an undrafted free agent. He is a bigger back who is not afraid of contact and making the last yards needed to keep the drive moving. He has been a perfect balance for the Brahmas at the running back position with McFarland.

Lovett is the short yardage and goal line back for the most part, while McFarland is the speed guy who can break off chunk plays. Much like McFarland, Lovett also has a connection to the Steelers. They signed him to join their training camp last preseason. Things didn't work out that time around, but he could see more of an opportunity with that third spot at the position wide open.

Pittsburgh could use some help at wide receiver before training camp

Everyone and their mother knows that the Steelers need help at wide receiver. They have plenty of players at the position now, and it has become a clustered mess. They need someone who could potentially upgrade that spot either through trade or free agency. Maybe the free agents that come from the UFL could provide an answer for Pittsburgh.

Jontre Kirkland was one of the top receivers in the UFL looking to make his next chance in the NFL count.

Another San Antonio player makes the list here, but he was one of the most explosive receivers in the league. He might have only caught three touchdowns, but he compiled 614 receiving yards, which had him second in the UFL. He is an explosive receiver and will have options to sign in the NFL. Pittsburgh should be putting in calls as he could be a training camp surprise for whoever brings him in.

Signing a top linebacker from the UFL could lend the Steelers depth

Cole Holcomb might be closer to a return than many had originally thought, but adding depth at middle linebacker remains a priority.

We know how important quality depth at the position is, especially after what the Steelers went through last season. Other than their three guys at the top, four if you count Holcomb, there is little proven depth behind them. Signing Kyahva Tezino might be the best option coming out of the UFL championship game. He has been a monster for the Stallions.

Not many linebackers have proven to be better in the spring leagues than Tezino. He outshined former NFL first-round pick Reuben Foster when they played for the Pittsburgh Maulers last year. He is an undersized player, but he has speed to burn and has shown to be a reliable tackler. If he could show some things on special teams, then he might prove to be a better depth piece than those currently on the team.

Options are out there for Pittsburgh to add experience at cornerback

After signing Cam Sutton a couple of weeks ago, many have left the idea of adding a defensive back or two off their radar. They have their starting lineup ready to go, but the depth behind them is limited and inexperienced. Pittsburgh could use some help in that department to provide competition for the guys currently on their roster.

The Steelers could be intrigued by Teez Tabor as he shows position flexibility in the UFL.

Sometimes the best thing you can do to stick around the NFL is to show that you can do multiple things. Tabor is a failed second-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft. The Steelers like draft pedigree when they look at potential additions from leagues like the UFL. Tabor has been a cornerback for most of his career but has started playing safety in San Antonio. He seems primed for another NFL shot, and the black and gold should be his landing spot.

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